Monthly Archives: March 2011

sneaky sebastian.

For weeks I have been thinking that I was a crazy person. A serious loony toon. Because, like I mentioned here, everyday for several days in a row I left the gate open for Sebastian to escape and roam about the neighborhood. The strange part is I remember double (even triple!) checking both gates every time this happened.

Two nights ago I let Sebastian out to play on the deck while I went to pick fresh flowers from our side yard.  When I was rounding the corner back into the yard I saw it. Sebastian had figured out how to strategically jump at just the right angle to manuever his nose into the latch in order to open the locked gate all by himself. That dog is pure genius. And I, for the record, am not crazy.

Getting tons of snuggles even though he’s the sneakiest pup ever



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etsy goodness

Today I am swooning over 945 Etsy finds that I want right now…


Mrs. Jones Soapbox – find her products here

I would get these bad boys in a second – if only we had our own laundry room to display cutesy cleaning and laundry supplies. Right now we share with the house below us, which works out great, except for times like right now when I would kill to decorate a laundry room. 

I am in love with this little pillow guy – find him here

SAY YES, Typographic Fine Art Print, handwritten words on Handmade Watercolor Paper 8x12 inches, Wedding gift, 

How cute would these look framed next to each other?! Print via

25 Brown Polka Dot Baking Cups/Nut Cups   Dainty Pinwheels for Cupcakes or decorations (12) 

  Gray and White Paper Straws and Sprinkles   50 Yellow Barber Striped Cupcake Liners

Stripes & polka dots – heaven! Find ’em here and here

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case of the mondays

This morning was completely one of those I-want-to-lay-in-bed-all-day-long kind of days. A serious case of the Mondays. I am going to attribute it to the fact that we had an absolutely fabulous weekend and I didn’t want it to end! It started last Thursday night when we drove to Vegas for a quick daycation. We love, love, LOVED getting to see our special people – our friends, Preston’s family, my brother’s family and even my dad who was in town for a few days! It was fabulous – if only we could steal all of them and bring them back to San Diego.

We came back late Friday night so Preston could make his early morning meeting with his new work team. We spring cleaned all day and then did a little car shopping (I’m in the market!) followed by an evening at Preston’s new restaurant which was seriously delicious. The next morning we enjoyed brunch at our new favorite brunch spot – yum!

Holy deliciousness

This restaurant is also located right next to tons of great shopping, which we obviously had to check out after.

Preston looks great in his new outfit!

And just for fun here are a few pictures from last weekend at Disneyland…

Yes that’s us in the matching sweatshirts…

His favorite – Disney turkey legs

I’m going to blame my crazy face & hair on the crazy rain!

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kitchen makeover

I was looking at our p+m home tour pictures and realized that I never included pictures of our kitchen! Half of the reason is because I am a space cadet and forgot – the other half is because it is a work in progress and I haven’t exactly decided what to do next.

Here is the before…

Ok seriously – black laminate cabinets? original (1960!) oven?

Here is another angle – in case you missed the TV-in-the-cupboard detail.

Clearly there was room for some changes. Luckily, we love a good project! Even more lucky, we have the world’s greatest landlords who agreed to let us deduct whatever we spent on a new oven from our rent. Somehow this generous offer and Preston’s mad Craigslist skills allowed us to get a beautiful, brand new stainless steel oven and microwave for nothing at all. We also had Home Depot gift cards from my sweet sister which we were able to use for our paint and supplies – free again! Preston’s super-handy and oh-so-nice step dad, Dave, was in town and the credit for most of this transformation goes to him. While I was out of town, him and P primed and painted and turned our retro black kitchen into this…

Please excuse our messy counters – I clearly haven’t done my weekly cleaning.

It is by no means perfect and is still very much a work in progress but it is SUCH an improvement from what was going on in there before. I still need to decide what in the world is going on above the cabinets. I am also contemplating doing something fun (wallpaper?)  above the cabinet or maybe just on the awkward wood strip. I’ve dabbled with the idea of painting a couple of the cupboards with chalkboard paint, too. So many options! Luckily, I have been getting lots of inspiration from here and here and P and I have an IKEA trip planned this weekend! I will be sure to post pictures as we continue to make changes.


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scratch & sniff

If this picture really did smell, you’d be gagging.

As sweet of a dog as Sebastian is, he has the world’s. worst. gas. I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that I spoon feed him frozen yogurt… or sneak him bites of pulled chicken….

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busy bees

Happy Tuesday! This weekend we were busy bees and got the chance to see some of our sweet friends and family who were visiting, so fun! We spent lots of time at Disneyland and ate more than I wish to remember. Seriously… why must Disney have the world’s best theme park food?!

Last night we decided to get a little adventurous and Preston made gluten-free pizza from coconut flour. The first attempt was a big fail…  it was my fault, I told him he could use wax paper instead of parchment paper. Oops. The second attempt, however, was scrumptious and our bbq chicken pizza with pineapple and corn was pure heaven. If you want to try this cheesy goodness, get the recipe here.

Because I am a huge goof and didn’t take any pictures this weekend, here is my nephew Remy who had his first T-ball game this weekend!

Remy and Riley – T-ball superstars

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bow chicka wow wow

Sometimes I say that when I get really excited. And today I am really excited. For those of you who did not see my over-the-top-I’m-a-crazy-person-because-I-get-so-happy Facebook status yesterday, Preston got a fabulous job offer!

It is a general management position overseeing two restaurants; one of which he will get to open. They are delicious family owned pizzerias — and both restaurants are a 15 minute drive from our home. Now, my selfish reason for being crazy excited – we will get to have a day off together! We haven’t been able to do this since I started working full time, I have the weekend off and P has Tues/Wed off. But now we will get Sundays together. I can’t wait for all of the church-going, fun-having, adventure-finding Sundays in our future!

Congratulations, Preston! You rock my world. Not only because you are climbing the career ladder – but for about 7,453 other reasons. For those of you unaware of how fab P Simon is, here are (some of) my top reasons:

*He ALWAYS gets the right milk. This may not be a big deal to some, but I am a milk freak. As in I refuse to drink anything but organic, skim milk (Horizon or Trader Joe’s brand). I never remind him or even request that he gets this kind, but he gets the right kind every. single. time.

*When we watch the Green Mile and I request that Preston show me his thug walk, he not only shows it to me, but sags his pants and puts on a huge hoodie and hat to get to get into character.

*P doesn’t get mad when I kind-of, sorta accidentally rip down the surround sound speaker and then yank the cord from underneath the carpet and hide it in the corner in an attempt to cover up my mess-up.

*He also doesn’t get mad when I leave the backyard gate open everyday for a week straight and he gets to chase Sebastian through the neighborhood… oops!

*He brings me home fresh flowers from the hut down the street every week (I love this– even if he is only doing it in exchange for marketing plans)

*He looks at me and smiles when I say seriously strange wine-induced things… like that I feel like a cauliflower.

*He cracks my back every night… even when I forget to ask him to until we’re under the warm covers and he’s half asleep

*He is ridiculously good looking

Congratulations again, I am so proud of you!

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